Dwelling on the unimportant, stressing on the unintended, and freaking over the unknown simply doesn’t work… and are a bit like lighting a match in a dark room to make sure no one accidentally sprinkled any gunpowder on your bicycle, kept under the stairs, near the back porch, in January.
Actually, some of that wasn’t really important, but hopefully it distracted from any stigma you may have attached to freaking over the unknown.
"Soon I was getting postcards from overseas, home made cards, extravagant cards that took hours to create. I remember one that had paper clips and office supplies taped all over it and said something to the effect of "I hate my boss so I waste office supplies". So many people hate their bosses. I wish I could remember all the tricks that have been played on them. One of my favorites was from a person who wrote "When I was a young man in Florida I used to work in a post office as part time Christmas help. We used to read all the postcards that came through. Do you all still do that?" I wanted to scream, "Yes, we still do!" to the guy, but he will never know my answer."
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.
It’s absolutely fascinating to see photos in color from that time. They’re really interesting.
Amazon.com, one of the nation’s largest booksellers, announced Monday that for the last three months, sales of books for its e-reader, the Kindle, outnumbered sales of hardcover books.
In that time, Amazon said, it sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books, including hardcovers for which there is no Kindle edition.
The pace of change is quickening, too, Amazon said. In the last four weeks sales rose to 180 digital books for every 100 hardcover copies. Amazon has 630,000 Kindle books, a small fraction of the millions of books sold on the site.
Book lovers mourning the demise of hardcover books with their heft and their musty smell need a reality check, said Mike Shatzkin, founder and chief executive of the Idea Logical Company, which advises book publishers on digital change. “This was a day that was going to come, a day that had to come,” he said. He predicts that within a decade, fewer than 25 percent of all books sold will be print versions.
The shift at Amazon is “astonishing when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months,” the chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, said in a statement.
For some reason, I think this is sad. I love the good old paperback. I have never read a book using an e-reader device but I cannot imagine it being the same experience.
“Puck: I’m sorry. I tried to resist Santana. I did. But I’m young. And girls have this power over me. But hey, it’s all good.
Quinn: It’s definitely NOT all good. I thought you wanted to be with me.
Puck: I do. Like A LOT! But you haven’t given it up to me since the night I knocked you up and, baby, I’m a dude. I have needs.
Quinn: You expect to raise a baby with me and text dirty messages to every other girl at this school if I don’t give it up to you everyday?
Puck: No! Just the hot girls. Look, I’m gonna be a good dad, but I’m not gonna stop being me to do it.”— Glee “Hairography”
In case you didn’t know, you couldn’t tell, or you haven’t heard, if you’re reading this right now on a computer, you’re rich. If you have somewhere to go today, you’re connected. And if there is anyone, anywhere, who for any reason knows where you are in this moment, you are loved.
Have you noticed how moving towards a great dream summons from life’s jungles the fiercest lions, the scariest tigers, and the grizzliest bears… who eventually turn out to be the noblest teachers, the bravest guides, and the dearest friends? You’re on your way, The Universe
“Sometimes I wave to people I don’t know. It’s very dangerous to wave to someone you don’t know, because what if they don’t have a hand? They’ll think you’re cocky. ‘Look what I got… This thing is useful. I’m gonna go pick somethin’ up.’”—Mitch Hedberg
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger May you never take one single breath for granted God forbid love ever leave you empty handed I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens Promise me that you’ll give fate a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance, I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance Never settle for the path of least resistance Living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking Loving might be a mistake but it’s worth making Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter When you come close to selling out, reconsider Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance (time is a wheel in constant motion always) I hope you dance (rolling us along) I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on their youth and wonder) I hope you dance (where those years have gone)
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance (time is wheel in constant motion always) I hope you dance (rolling us along) I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on their youth and wonder) I hope you dance (where those years have gone)
"I was wondering what happened to those POWs that were taken in the first couple of days of the war. Are they free? I haven’t heard anything about them after that girl Jessica Lynch was rescued, then they said they were still POWs, so now that Baghdad has fallen, have they been rescued too? Does anyone know?"
This war (well, both) has been going on way too long. So many people have died, kids lost their parents, men and women lost their spouses. Not to mention how young many of the soldiers are who fight over there, younger than me, not old enough to drink but old enough to die in a war. (Not to mention the thousands of civilians of all ages.)
An diesem Abend startet auf ProSieben die fünfte Staffel von “Germany’s Next Topmodel” mit Heidi Klum. Ein echtes Top-Model hat die Sendung zwar noch nicht hervorgebracht - dafür eine Reihe von Ausdrücken und Phrasen, ohne die man die Castingshow nicht verstehen kann. SPIEGEL ONLINE listet die wichtigsten Begriffe und Redewendungen auf und erklärt, was sie im Alltagsdeutschen bedeuten.
Starfotograf, der - Schreiender Mann mit Kamera, wahlweise Intimfreund von Johnny Depp oder Leonardo DiCaprio; hat in jedem Fall bereits viele tolle Foto-Shoots mit Heidi gemacht.
Top-Model, das - international chancenloses Model; mit Knebelvertrag an Heidi Klum gebunden.
"Unglaubliche Entwicklung" - Formulierung, welche den Umbau einer Kandidatin vom Menschen zur Klum-Replikantin beschreibt.
The mystery about the lights I posted about here and here is solved: I mentioned how the building is one of the university hospitals, right? (It is actually the surgical clinic.) Well, my roommate found out what’s going on. And no, it’s not bodies, bombs or anything to do with the copper wire that was stolen from the construction site across the street. It’s actually kind of exciting.
The hospital currently has an important patient: the Egyptian president Mubarak just had surgery here after getting sick while he was in Berlin so they took him to Heidelberg. So the lights and police are there for security reasons. I found an article about it here. Interesting. I suppose it is nice to know there is a hospital right around the corner that is good enough to be trusted with the life of the Egyptian president.